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[1998-06-29-WCW-Nitro] Karl Malone, DDP and the NWO


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  • 2 months later...

Hogan and Bischoff aren't happy. DDP and Malone are arriving while they are venting in the ring. They show up with tons of chairs and I guess it was supposed to be symbolic, but that they traveled so far and didn't even have the guts to use them on Hogan made them look like idiots. Hogan pushes Bischoff into Page then is cornered by himself. Do something to Hogan, you idiots! Why just stand there? This is a cool moment with tons of heat, but makes no sense. Waffle the guy! Fun seeing Hogan sell for Malone though. While this drew a big buyrate, as a traditionalist, I don't care for promoting the idea that anyone from any sport can just transition to wrestling and compete at the very top. Hogan has to switch gears and be a credible threat for Goldberg next week, so there's no consistency. Anyway, the Page-Malone promo closing this out is awful.

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Seriously, this felt like WCW desperately trying to win the Monday night rating instead of selling the PPV. Malone has already embarrassed Hogan so why bother buying the show besides Rodman and Malone going at it. The promo they give afterwards was really rough and a surprise as DDP seems more of a clowning mood than wanting to be serious.

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Karl's having fun, at least. There's some good stuff here, as the build to the arrival of DDP and Malone is well-done and Hogan and Bischoff set themselves up well to get surprised. And Karl bodyslamming Hogan was cool, and no doubt a mainstream grab for attention devised by Hogan himself. But Loss' point is well-taken--the Observer the very previous week, in talking about a goofy Japanese indy angle that saw the wrestling debut of Hisashi Shinma--yes, the old WWF/NJPW President guy--compared and contrasted the two approaches towards non-wrestlers. In Japan, Shinma got his ass kicked because protecting the business and the wrestlers was paramount and it was imperative to portray wrestlers as tougher than anyone else. The American approach was (and still is) to acquiesce to celebrities whenever possible, probably to the business' detriment in the long run. DDP and his Tony Little haircut give us a bad show-closing promo.

 

And hey, let's not fault WCW for inconsistency regarding Hogan's booking, since they couldn't be bothered to decide at this point if Hogan-Goldberg was airing on TV or was just going to be a non-canon, dark match attraction.

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